Doctors at Cork University Hospital had the chance to familiarise themselves with an Air Corps Augusta Westland earlier today when the first helicopter, of any kind in recent years, landed on them Hospital’s campus.
CUH is the “principal trauma hospital” for the south of Ireland but it’s previous heli-pad was lost when the current Emergency Department and old renal units were extended.
It means that casualties arriving by Air do so via Cork Airport or a nearby sports pitch and a Garda escort is then organised to the hospital.
Today, the Air Corps helicopter landed, and spent an hour, on a grass area inside the main CUH entrance just across from the shopping centre.
Doctors emphasise this was just a “familiarisation flight”, and a helipad has NOT yet been as Doctor Adrian Murphy explains…